American Gods Dane Cook Cast

American Gods Taps Dane Cook to Play Shadow's Best Friend

American Gods has filled a vacancy at the Muscle Farm.

Comedian Dane Cook will play Robbie, best friend of Shadow and owner of the aforementioned gym, in Starz’s upcoming adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s fantasy novel, our sister site Deadline reports.

Robbie is married to Audrey, the best friend of Shadow’s wife, Laura (played by Sucker Punch‘s Emily Browning), and [Spoiler alert!] he proves to be less-than-awesome person.

The forthcoming series follows recently released convict Shadow (The 100‘s Ricky Whittle) as he accepts a job to become a bodyguard/traveling companion for a mysterious man named Mr. Wednesday (Deadwood‘s Ian McShane). He eventually learns that a war is brewing between the nation’s traditional gods and its new ones, who reflect society’s modern love of money, technology, media, celebrity and drugs.

The cast also includes Gillian Anderson (The X-Files), Orlando Jones (Sleepy Hollow) and Pablo Schreiber (Orange Is the New Black).

Cook’s TV credits include WorkaholicsLouie and Hawaii Five-0.

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  1. lrdslvrhnd says:

    Isn’t his 15 minutes up yet?

  2. Gern Blanston says:

    This is the first thing that I’ve seen about this show that has made me not want to watch it. The most odious man alive.

  3. One says:

    Oh god, they were on such a good roll with the casting, and they had to bring Dane Cook…

    True, the character is awful, and so is Dane Cook but I’d rather see someone else

  4. Bella says:

    I’m not a fan of Dane Cook, the person, either, but he was actually pretty good in that movie with Steve Carell, Dan in Real Life, or something like that. I think it depends on how big his role is.

  5. Ian says:

    Lmao. Gillian Anderson…. and Dane Cook. Nope.

  6. Ron says:

    Wait, didn’t we all realize that Dane Cook is an awful, unfunny human being we rightfully stopped caring about over 10 years ago? Did we just rewind to 2005?

  7. Maggie says:

    I was looking forward to this show, but now they ruined my enthusiasm by casting Cook. What were they thinking?

  8. Eric says:

    I don’t understand why didn’t they cast a chair or table for this role? Would have been cheaper and they would have gotten a better performance.

  9. DL says:

    Never understood how not liking Dane Cook’s humor is somehow equivalent to “Dane Cook is a terrible human.” I get it, he’s obnoxious, but really, you’d think he was the bastard offspring of Donald Trump with all the whining around here.
    And for the record, if the show is consistent with the book, this should be a very small role.